CIV_ENV 385-3: Architectural Engineering & Design 3: Advanced



Junior or senior standing or permission of instructor; CIV_ENV 385-2


The core of the Spring Quarter is a Collaborative Studio Design Project, where the students will work collaboratively in teams of two or three. This project will focus on the development of a 500,000 square foot ‘Class A’ office tower. The overall program is office use. However, students will explore other important elements such as public spaces, retail, shared amenities, and collaborative zones. Students are encouraged to adapt the program to specific office tenants and layout typologies. A graphical program analysis will assist in this development. The building site is in Chicago’s West Loop, a vibrant, urban area of the city that is currently experiencing tremendous growth. The studio will investigate the site, and develop a comprehensive response to its urban context, climate, and city plan.

The Studio will concentrate on the design of the high-rise’s structural system, which will incorporate mass timber and CLT framing elements. A series of structural system development exercises will be conducted led by faculty and visiting engineers. In conjunction with the structural system design, students will make 3-Dimesional models in both digital and physical (3D printed) formats. The course will place an emphasis on the design and layout of the office suites. Students will draw floor plans and 3D visualizations of these spaces, focusing on creating organized, collaborative environments that foster innovation. The class will research and design the exterior envelope to optimize energy efficiency and sustainability. The building skin will be advanced through exterior details, visualizations, and models.

The Studio will culminate in a final graphical presentation of drawings, rendered images and physical models.


Max enroll 15 with permission number.  Held in TECH L441. (Priority will be given to students pursuing the AED minor).

Class Time:

4 hr/wk


Wilczek, Frank. A Beautiful Question. 1st ed. Penguin Books. 2016.

Course Outline, Outcomes and Goals